Saturday, January 10, 2009

Review: The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes by Marlane Kennedy

Charlotte Hayes is a 12 year old girl with a big heart. She claims she is not,definitely not, a "dog" person.Her father had bought a St. Bernard puppy because he got a good deal on him. Her Dad just loves a good deal! Unfortunately, he is somewhat of a dilettante and quickly becomes bored with his so called deals. Charlotte's Mom is too busy with the baby and her sister Agnes doesn't like dog slobber so who is left to take care of the dog? Charlotte, of course. She really doesn't want to see him neglected but she also is not crazy about feeding and watering him. Never mind the poop scooping! Can you blame her? What ensues is a complex plan to find Beauregard a new home with a family that will love him and care for him. In the process she learns a lot about friendship, hard work and commitment.

An adorable, charming tale so well written with a lot of heart. Charlotte and all the rest of the characters are very likeable and believable. The scenarios with Charlotte and her friends sound exactly like kids do when they are hatching up a plan. The chapters are not too long and it seems to be a very easy read with age appropriate vocabulary.Not only is it a good plot with plenty of humor, but it has some teriffic messages woven into the story. As an adult, I really liked this book and I can't imagine a kid that wouldn't. Recommended for ages 8-12. 4*

Thank you to Harper Collins for this fun book.


  1. The cover alone makes me want to read this book and I haven't been 8-12 in a long time. Sounds fun too, though I hope she decides to keep poor Beau.

  2. Hi Kaye,

    Just wanted you to know I gave you a Lemonade Award. Check out my blog for it

  3. Hi Kaye, cute book.

    Someone left a comment for you on my Shell Seekers post!


  4. I just got this book last week. It looks cute and you wrote a great review. Now I'll have to get to it sooner!


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